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Victims of domestic abuse more comfortable coming forward - Lynch

Published: 7 November, 2016

Sinn Féin MLA Seán Lynch met with the PSNI on Friday to discuss efforts to tackle domestic violence.

Speaking after a meeting with District Commander Jane Humphries, the Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA said;

"Following recent meetings between Junior Minister Meagan Fearon, Women's Aid and myself I met today with the PSNI to discuss their strategy for dealing with domestic violence.

"Of particular concern is the reluctance to report domestic violence. I was pleased to hear that officers have enhanced domestic abuse training so that they can effectively identify and handle cases when they arise.

"Ms Humphries advised me that incidences of domestic violence had increased in the district as a result of increased awareness around the issue.

"It is encouraging that victims of domestic abuse feel more comfortable with coming forward as a result of this strategy of the PSNI working alongside organisations like Women's Aid.

"We need to see a combined approach across society to support all victims of domestic violence to come forward and access support and justice." - Ends/Críoch